Did you know that 35% of all businesses never reopen after a disaster, and that not all disasters are weather related? How would the loss of a significant customer or a vendor's bankruptcy affect your operations? Threats are like an iceberg: there is a lot more lurking just below the surface that you can't see, just waiting for the worst possible moment to inflict mass amounts of unexpected damage. The difference between an event that impairs your business temporarily or destroys your business permanently is often having a plan. The purpose of this course is to help you stay in business by expanding your awareness of both the common and uncommon disasters, learning to rate and rank potential threats, and helping you develop an appropriate response plan that addresses prevention, shared risk, mitigation, and recovery. This course utilizes real world examples to learn from the good, the bad, and the ugly disaster recovery plans. Every one hour and dollar you spend planning will save you seven after a disaster, and that just may be the difference between survival and failure.

Major Topics:

  • Threat identification and risk assessment
  • Risk ranking to prioritize threats
  • Determining appropriate strategies – prevention, protection, or preparation
  • Disaster preparedness and response plans
  • Writing a disaster recovery plan
  • Successful implementation of a business continuity plan

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify a broad range of common and uncommon risks and threats using brainstorming, SWOT analysis, and employee surveys
  • Rate and rank risks using probability analysis and heat maps
  • Prepare and implement a pre-disaster response plan addressing business and employee needs
  • Develop and implement a post-disaster business continuity plan to get your business up and running in the shortest time-frame possible

Designed For: All levels of staff in all industries – public, private, government, and nonprofit
Level of Knowledge: Intermediate
Prerequisite: A thorough understanding of your business model, critical operations, key personnel, significant customers, and sole suppliers
Advanced Preparation: None
Credits: 4
Field of Study: Business Mgmt & Org(4)
CFP Credit: No

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